SNF Fellowship: PA00P2_124152 / 1
|Source of funding:
|Swiss National Science Foundation
University of California at Berkeley
|Nov 1, 2009 - April 30, 2011
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The aim of EcoNets is to develop new mechanisms in support of an economic and energy-efficient bandwidth allocation in fixed and wireless networks. The key idea is to leverage the potentials of cooperation and resource sharing with new schemes providing appropriate incentives to allocate bandwidth only where and when it is needed. The design of scalable resource allocation policies and incentives for cooperation in this context are very challenging research questions. Resource allocation mechanisms should aim, ideally, to maximize the overall social welfare of the system. Auctions are a standard way to achieve such objectives, but the distributed environment and the different types of resources involved poses significant challenges on their design and implementation.
This work is highly relevant for future bandwidth allocation systems, as it develops alternative mechanisms which will lead to a more economic and energy-efficient use of network resources. Moreover, customers will benefit from the newly developed schemes as the bandwidth needs of their applications can be met in a highly scalable and cost-effective manner.